Toy Soldiers in the Southern Baptist Wars

Toy Soldiers in the Southern Baptist Wars

In 1998, shortly after I graduated from East Texas Baptist University, I was invited to attend a meeting in Dallas of Southern Baptist pastors and denominational leaders. The gathering, dubbed a “reconciliation convocation,” was an attempt to stave off the next round...
The Life and Death of Ethel Cain

The Life and Death of Ethel Cain

The southern drawl of a Baptist preacher creeps into the speakers when the opening track, “Family Tree (Intro),” begins, setting a tone as the low register of Ethel Cain’s voice transports us to the fictional town of Shady Grove, Ala. circa 1990.  Abandoned houses...
Southern Baptists Resist Rightward Drift for Now

Southern Baptists Resist Rightward Drift for Now

It’s a strange sight – seeing a crowd of 15,000, packed shoulder to shoulder in a convention hall, with no faces covered by the masks that have become so ubiquitous over the last 18 months. Indeed, with the pandemic fading in the United States, there was little need...